Meaning – The time taken for a program to get converted from high level language, into a machine level language, that the computer can understand, is known as compile time. The compile time depends on a lot of factors, including the processing power of your computer, the type of compiler, and the size of the code itself.
If you have a very powerful computer, with the best compiler, even the larger codes will compile relatively faster. However, if you are using outdated hardware and software, larger codes will take some to compile.
Usually, compile times can range from a few seconds to a few long minutes. If the code is really long and the system is not as powerful, the compiling can even take up to an hour.
Example of usage – “The programmer had to wait thirty minutes for his code to compile, as it was quite long.”